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Dean's Choice

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:30 PM

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It is two years ago today since Allan Ufer passed away. I still have games people sent me back in 2005 to remember him. So, I decided to keep publishing them until I run out of games. But I wasn’t sure which one to choose. I thought I would turn the responsibility over to Dean Brown, the tournament director of the Al Ufer Memorial.

I was scheduled to play chess at the Renaissance Festival with Dean this past weekend. Of course, if you have Dean, you get Kathy Schneider as well. They are like a combo meal. You just can’t have one without the other.

With the three of us thinking about Al, it was like a reunion of the 2001 Northwest Colorado Open’s famous The Fantastic Four picture (

It was the first time I played Renaissance chess with Dean, and it went well considering our different playing styles. Dean is a deliberate, single-board monk while I play two boards as fast as I can. Dean even keeps track of every outcome with his tree-mounted abacus. He said he would track my games too, as long as I let him know each result.

I would call out, “Huzzah! Give me another bean on the bean counter.” The customers seemed to enjoy it as they often asked how many wins I had now. Dean also seemed to enjoy it as I suffered my first loss of the year early on in the day to the gentleman with the 2 rooks tattoo and had to tell everyone I had 1 loss while Dean gleefully added, “I’m still unbeaten!”  However, Kathy was a little confused. She wanted to know why I kept calling Dean “Huzzah.”

By the end of the day, my style finally vindicated me as Dean finished with a winning percentage of 87% (13 wins out of 15 games) while I scored a winning percentage of 98% (44 wins out of 45 games).

The only thing left to do was select the Al Ufer game for this week. Dean went with a game from one of Al’s most competitive rivals, Tom Mullikin. Here is what Tom said, “In going through my games with Alan, I found I had 15 games with him. We split 7-7-1.”


Dean's Choice


[Event "CSCC G/90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2004.11.02"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Mullikin, Tom"]

[Black "Ufer, Allan"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B01"]

[WhiteElo "1080"]

[BlackElo "1096"]

[PlyCount "100"]

[EventDate "2004.11.02"]


1. e4 d5 2. exd5 c6 3. g3 cxd5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d4 Bf5 6. Nf3 Qa5+ 7. Bd2 Qb5 8.

b3 Nbd7 9. Bf1 Qc6 10. c4 Qe6+ 11. Qe2 dxc4 12. Qxe6 Bxe6 13. Bxc4 Bg4 14. Ne5

Nxe5 15. dxe5 Ne4 16. Bb5+ Bd7 17. Bxd7+ Kxd7 18. O-O Nxd2 19. Rd1 Ke6 20. Nxd2

g6 21. f4 Bg7 22. Nc4 b5 23. Ne3 f6 24. exf6 Bxf6 25. Rac1 Rad8 26. Rc6+ Kf7

27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Ng4 Bd4+ 29. Kg2 Ke8 30. Kf3 Bb6 31. h4 Rd2 32. Rc8+ Kf7 33.

Ne5+ Kg7 34. a4 bxa4 35. bxa4 Ra2 36. Re8 Bc5 37. Rc8 Ra3+ 38. Kg4 Bd6 39. Rc4

Kf6 40. Re4 h5+ 41. Kh3 a5 42. Nc4 Rxa4 43. Nxd6 Rxe4 44. Nxe4+ Kf5 45. Nf2 e5

46. fxe5 Kxe5 47. g4 a4 48. Nd3+ Kd4 49. gxh5 gxh5 50. Nb2 a3 0-1


This Week In Chess

Tuesday July 10, 2007


On July 3, the CSCC had 11 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder game (G90), Anthea Carson couldn’t claim a victory or a defeat against Tim Brennan as they agreed to a draw after deliberating the possibility of the club’s first adjourned game.

The rest of the participants played in the double-round robin, speed tournament (G5). LM Brian Wall outpaced the field, but suffered a couple scrapes with a draw against Mike Filppu and a loss to me. Here are the results:


Player Score


Brian Wall 8.5

Paul Anderson 7.0

Shaun MacMillan 7.0

Mike Filppu 4.5

Renae Delaware 2.0

Jerry Maier 1.0


New Photos From The Renaissance Festival!

By Matthew Anderson


See Brother Dean beat the 2 rook tattooed gentlemen in "Three Boards". See the abacus in action in "Games Of Skille". The new photos by Matthew Anderson are on the website on the Photos page.


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